[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Greece 4-21-2009 by L.L. No. 1-2009. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Department of Public Works — See Ch. 39.
Plumbing — See Ch. 154.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or cause or permit to be discharged into any sewer or drain connected with any sewerage system in the Town of Greece any deleterious substances that will cause damage to the sewer structures, limit or restrict the sewer function, place unusual or excessive loads on the sewage treatment plant and process or create conditions dangerous to public health and safety or inimical to the public interest. The Town Board shall determine and establish the standards and regulations controlling the quantity and quality of all wastes discharged into any sewer or drain.
A violation of this article is hereby declared to be a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine or penalty of not to exceed $10 for the first violation and $20 or imprisonment for not to exceed 30 days, or both, for each subsequent violation.
This article shall be known as the "Sewer Use Law."
It is the purpose of this article to protect the sewage collection and treatment facilities, to prevent danger to life or damage to property, to promote the health, safety and general welfare, to prohibit the introduction of storm- , surface or subsurface waters into the sanitary sewers, to provide for the fair distribution of treatment costs and to form a basis in policy for controlling the quantity and quality of wastes accepted into the sewage systems of the sewer districts now or hereafter created in the Town of Greece, Monroe County, New York.
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meanings of terms used in this article shall be as follows:
- BOD (denotes "biochemical oxygen demand")
- The quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter under standard laboratory procedure in five days at 20º C., expressed in milligrams per liter.
- BUILDING DRAIN
- That part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system carrying sewage which receives discharge from soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer.
- BUILDING SEWER (sometimes called "house lateral")
- The extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
- COMMERCIAL-INDUSTRIAL WASTES
- Any or all other wastes not being domestic wastes but not limited to the wastes from commercial, lavatory and industrial processes, waste from domestic operations or certain trade operations, such as sand, grit, waste petroleum products from automotive service stations and the like, animal wastes, straw and related items from dairy or other farming operations.
- The Commissioner of Public Works.
- DOMESTIC WASTES
- Waterborne human or animal excreta or body wastes and normal culinary, laundry and washing wastes originating in residences.
- Solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
- NATURAL OUTLET
- Any outlet into a watercourse, pond, ditch, lake or other body of surface or ground water.
- Any person entitled to or having any interest in real property in any of the sanitary sewer districts and their extension or extensions and/or any drainage district or districts now existing or subsequently created by the Town Board of the Town of Greece, New York.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- The logarithm of the reciprocal of the weight of hydrogen ions in grams per liter of solution.
- PROPERLY SHREDDED GARBAGE
- The wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food that have been shredded to such a degree that all particles will be carried freely under the flow conditions normally prevailing in public sewers with no particle greater than 1/4 inch in any dimension.
- PUBLIC SEWER
- A sewer which is controlled by the Town Board of the Town of Greece, New York.
- SANITARY SEWER
- A pipe or conduit which carries sewage and to which storm- , surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
- The water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, institutions and industrial establishments and other places.
- SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
- Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage under the control of the Town Board of the Town of Greece, New York.
- SEWAGE WORKS
- All facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
- SEWER DISTRICTS
- Any of the sanitary sewer districts and their extension or extensions and/or any drainage district or districts now existing or subsequently created by the Town Board of the Town of Greece.
- STORM SEWER or STORM DRAIN
- A sewer which carries storm- and surface water drainage but excludes sewage, commercial-industrial and domestic wastes.
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- Solids that either float on the surface of or are in suspension in water, sewage and other liquids and which are removable by laboratory filtering.
- A channel in which a flow of water occurs either continuously or intermittently.
The sewer systems of the sewer districts of the Town of Greece, New York, constructed or as hereafter added to or changed shall be under the charge and control of the Town Board under whose supervision they shall be used by property owners, and no person shall enter into, open or interfere with or use or do any repair or maintenance work with respect to said sewer systems except under the inspection and direction of the Town Board and after a written permit shall have been issued by the Town Board of the sewer district in which such entering, opening, use, repair or maintenance is to take place.
The Town Board shall adopt rules and regulations to govern the maintenance and use of the sewer systems and shall therein fix the amount of fees that shall be chargeable to persons or property owners who may wish to enter or use the sewer systems, which fee shall be sufficient in amount to pay for the cost of inspection of such entry or entries.
Permits granted under this article shall be for a specific waste or wastes and such permits shall be granted only after the submission and approval of plans as set forth hereinafter. Subsequent wastes of different quantity, quality or characteristics shall be covered by separate permits.
Building sewer permits.
The owner or his agent shall make application on a form furnished by the Town Board. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Commissioner. A permit fee in an amount fixed by the rules and regulations of the Town Board in the Town of Greece shall be paid at the time the application is filed.
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the Town Board from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, cooling water, impounded water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm sewers, or to a natural outlet approved by the Town Board. Industrial cooling water or other unpolluted process waters may be discharged upon approval of the Town Board to a storm sewer or natural outlet.
Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any of the following described waters or wastes to any public sewer:
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature lower than 32º F. or higher than 150º F.
Any water or waste which may contain more than 100 milligrams per liter, by weight, of fats, oils or grease.
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel, oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
Any garbage that has not been properly shredded.
Any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, grit, straw, animal wastes, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, manure or any other solid or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewage works in the opinion of the Town Board.
Any water or wastes having a pH lower than 6.0 or higher than 9.0, or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewage works, in the opinion of the Town Board.
Any water or wastes containing a toxic or poisonous substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, constitute a hazard to humans or animals or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant in the opinion of the Town Board.
Any water or wastes containing suspended solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials at the sewage treatment plant.
Any noxious or malodorous gas or substance.
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Town Board, they are necessary for the proper handling of wastes containing grease in excessive amounts or any flammable wastes, sand, grit and other harmful ingredients. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Town Board and shall be located so as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. Grease and oil interceptors shall be constructed of impervious materials capable of withstanding abrupt and extreme changes in temperature. They shall be of substantial construction, watertight and equipped with easily removable covers which when bolted in place shall be gastight and watertight. Grease and oil interceptors shall be constructed in any place or building having a capacity to serve group meals.
Where installed, all grease, oil, sand and grit interceptors shall be maintained by the owner at his/her expense in continuously effective operation at all times.
The admission of the following into the public sewers shall be subject to the review and approval of the Town Board: Any waters or wastes:
Having a five-day biochemical oxygen demand greater than 300 milligrams per liter by weight.
Containing more than 350 milligrams per liter by weight of suspended solids.
Containing any quantity of substances having the characteristics described in Subsection C of this section.
Having an average daily flow greater than 2% of the average daily sewage flow of the sewer district.
Where necessary in the opinion of the Town Board, the owner shall provide, at his expense, such preliminary treatment as may be necessary to:
Reduce the biochemical oxygen demand to 300 milligrams per liter and the suspended solids to 350 milligrams per liter by weight.
Reduce objectionable characteristics or constituents to within the maximum limits provided for in this section.
Control the quantities and rates of discharge of such waters or wastes.
Plans, specifications and any other pertinent information relating to proposed preliminary treatment facilities shall be submitted for the approval of the Town Board, together with a letter from the New York State Department of Health approving the proposed preliminary treatment facilities, and no construction of such facilities shall be commenced until said approvals are obtained in writing.
Where preliminary treatment facilities are required for any waters or wastes, no permit will be granted until such pretreatment units have been placed in operation and have demonstrated their effectiveness by test. The cost of such testing, sampling and analyzing shall be borne by the waste contributor. Said preliminary treatment facilities shall be maintained continuously and satisfactorily in effective operating condition by the owner at his/her expense.
When required by the Town Board, the owner of any property served by a building sewer carrying commercial-industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole in the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be conveniently and safely located. It is to be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Town Board. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his/her expense and shall be maintained by him/her so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
All measurements, tests and analysis of the characteristics of waters and wastes to which reference is made in Subsections C and F shall be determined in accordance with Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage, or with methods approved by the New York State Department of Health, and may be determined at the control manhole provided for in Subsection J or upon suitable samples taken at said manhole. In the event that no special manhole has been required, the control manhole may be considered to be the nearest downstream manhole in the public sewer to the point at which the building sewer is connected. If, in the judgment of the Commissioner, analysis must be performed which are beyond the scope of the laboratory at the sewage treatment plant, these analysis shall be performed at a laboratory designated by the Commissioner and the cost of these analysis shall be borne by the owner.
No statement contained in this section shall be construed as preventing any special agreement or arrangement between the Town Board and any industrial, commercial or other owner from whose premises a commercial-industrial or domestic waste emanates which is of unusual strength or character from being accepted by the Town Board for treatment subject to payment therefor by such owner.
Any repair or maintenance work in connection with sewer pipes and drains connected directly or indirectly to any sanitary or storm sewer system or storm drain in the Town shall be performed in accordance with the specifications and under the supervision and inspection of the Town Board.
For work performed on sewers, pipes, laterals or drains which are not a part of a sanitary sewer or storm sewer system at the direction or under the supervision of the Town Board for the particular or special benefit of any individual parcel or portion of real property, a charge is hereby established in an amount equal to the actual cost thereof to the Town Board.
The Town Board shall annually assess against the individual parcel of land the amount of any such charges remaining unpaid on October 1, and such charges shall be added to the tax roll and collected in the same manner and at the same time as the other taxes are assessed, levied and collected in the Town pursuant to statute.
The Commissioner and other duly authorized employees of the Town Board bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted to enter upon all properties for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing or proper activities in accordance with the terms of this article or any regulations promulgated thereunder. The powers and authority herein granted shall be in addition to powers of inspection otherwise granted by law to Commissioners of Public Works.
All information in the possession of the owner bearing on the industrial, commercial or other process which, in the judgment of the Commissioner, affects the sewage works or systems, shall be made available to the Commissioner or his/her authorized representatives.
Any permit issued pursuant to this article shall be subject to cancellation after a hearing in the event of a finding by the Town Board at such hearing that the user or permittee of the sewerage system has violated any of the provisions of this article. Such hearing shall take place on 10 days' written notice to the permittee or user. Upon any cancellation provided for in this subsection or otherwise in this section, the Town Board may terminate the use of the sewer by severing the connection to the sewerage system.
The Town Board of the Town of Greece shall be responsible for the enforcement of this article.
Any person violating any provision of this article shall be responsible in money damages for any injury to the sewer system or expense caused the Town Board by such violation. This money may be collected by civil action in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Obedience to this article may also be enforced by injunction.
Any person violating any provisions of this article and interfering with, entering or using said sewer systems without obtaining permission hereunder shall be guilty of an offense and subject to a fine of not more than $250 or to imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, and, in addition, when a violation of this article or any of the provisions thereof is continuous, each 24 hours thereof shall constitute a separate, distinct and additional violation.